Sunday, January 28, 2007

My Megan Turns Nine

My Megan turns nine today... and she is a beautiful, smart and spunky little girl who is loved by many many people!

Megan was born as an answer to many prayers by Katie and I for a little girl. We had mastered the whole little boy thing and we both wanted a little girl that would look just like her mommy and have her mommy's incredible personality. Megan was born and we got one out of two... (she has her mothers cherry disposition.)

Although a bundle of joy Meg has been known to rip her brothers to shreds. She packs a mean little (something) and has been known to make older brothers cry - sometimes just in absolute frustration over the fact that they can't touch her without their father throwing them out the second floor window. Megan has my protection and my love.

She is named after her two grandmothers... my mother's middle name is Pearl and "Megan" means pearl. Her middle name is Elaine which is the middle name of Katie's mother.

Happy Birthday Megan - we love you!


Sunday, January 14, 2007

24 is Back - Muslim Extremists Beware

I know someone is going to see this post and wonder what I must be thinking with this photo... it's a little on the edge, maybe over the edge, but it does sum up the Jack Bauer character and what I believe every red-blooded American loves about this show. Frankly, we've had it with extremist groups and we're ready to kick some butt.

We're sick of our fighting men and women being blown up, kidnapped and beheaded. Were done being handcuffed by international bodies that want their butt's covered by the United States military, but won't take a stand against Muslim extremist groups raising hell all over the place.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio last week discussing this season of 24 (he's apparently previewed a number of episodes), and he is pumped about this program. According to Rush, the first four episodes each have scenes that will blow your mind and make you think "did they really just do that?" Let's hope they send Jack to Baghdad in the first hour to kick some... well you know what!

Welcome back Jack - and bad men everywhere - better watch your six - and overhead too.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Iraq Speech

President Bush came before the nation this week and gave his assessment of the situation in Iraq. The talking heads are eating it up... I actually heard Chris Matthews tell the few million people watching MSNBC that he (Matthews), is more intelligent than President Bush. If that's so, Mr. Softball should have given the speech himself.

I wrote on the topic of Iraq last year. On February 27, 2006 I made the following comment:

"Nothing of true value ever comes from demand. The Bush White House cannot demand democracy for Iraq. The American Military cannot demand it for Iraq. It has to be earned by the people... OF IRAQ. They have to want it, fight for it and die for it. It's time to make these things clear to the people of Iraq, and then, it's time to go."

I stand behind this statement and finally the president is making the same demands of the Iraqi Government:

"I have made it clear to the Prime Minister and Iraq's other leaders that America's commitment is not open-ended. If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people — and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people. Now is the time to act. The Prime Minister understands this."

George W. Bush

If these people want peace, prosperity and democracy - let them lay their lives, and the lives of their loved ones on the alter... America is doing so, and will continue to do so, but as the president has now said, "America's commitment is not open-ended."


Saturday, January 06, 2007


In all of cinema, the final conclusion of only a few films have really moved me. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one, and "Saving Private Ryan" is another. My favorite though - "The Shawshank Redemption."

Most great films are filled with great dialogue and screen writers never get the credit they deserve. This movie, though dark in places, really is about hope... enduring hope. As the film comes to an end here are my two favorite lines...

"Hope, is a good thing, maybe the best of things... and no good thing ever dies."
Andy Dufresne - The Shawshank Redemption

"I hope I can make it across the border, I hope to see my friend and shake his hand, I hope the pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams... I hope."
"Red" Redding - The Shawshank Redemption

You've got to see this movie to appreciate the lines and to see the ending to "get" the impact. A really great film should "move" you. Laugh, cry, be inspired - you name it - great movies make you think. This is a great movie.

As 2007 takes shape I hope... I hope for more peaceful times in the world and in our country. I hope for health and prosperity for my family and friends. I hope for inner peace and strength for the people I love who are growing old. I hope for a miracle with my autistic daughter. I hope I can be forgiven for my trespasses, and hope I can forgive others sooner rather than later. Finally, I hope I can be the man my God, my wife and my family needs me to be.

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things...


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mitt Romney - POTUS 44

Get a good look at this guy... Mitt Romney is the man that can lead this country to great things and I believe unite us in the process.

Mr. Romney has been governing the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the last four years and has done incredible things in that state. Check out a video on his website and you can get a good look at this gentleman. When you learn what he's done in Massachusetts and hear him speak - I know you'll sense something special.

Are you looking for someone who can lead without alienating half the voices in this country? Someone who can get you excited about participating in the political process? If so, than Mitt Romney is your Republican candidate for President of the United States. Make no mistake, Mitt Romney is different.

If you've looked at other candidates and settled for whoever turns you off the least. If you've waited to get involved only after the primaries have selected the final choices because you don't think you can make a difference. Don't do that any more.

Every few decades this country gets someone special to run for president - this is one of those times. Get behind Governor Romney with your money, with your time and with your vote.

2008 starts today...